International counsellors, agreements and multilateral frameworks


The department supports international education through its international network of counsellors, international agreements and multilateral frameworks.

International counsellors

The international network of counsellors assists the Australian Government’s engagement with partner countries on matters related to education. The network plays a valuable role in exchanging information and advice with host governments and in-country institutions and organisations. The network is uniquely placed through several offices world-wide to build strong education partnerships internationally.

International Agreements

The International Group administers a broad range of bilateral agreements with key international education partners to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge. Under these agreements, joint working groups with priority partners meet biennially to further mutual understanding of education policy and regulation.

Australia – United Kingdom Education Dialogue

On 28 April 2014 the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the UK Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, agreed to establish an annual education and research policy dialogue to be known as the ‘Australia - United Kingdom Education Dialogue’. The agreement included formally endorsing and supporting the work of the Joint Working Group between Universities Australia and the UK Higher Education International Unit as an ongoing higher education and research policy collaboration between Australia and the United Kingdom.

The Ministers have agreed the Education Dialogue should:

  • enable high level strategic policy discussion on issues of mutual interest
  • foster greater co-operation in the internationalisation of education and to address shared challenges through partnership and trust 
  • seek further and sustainable opportunities for joint activities and collaboration through education, research, knowledge and innovation
  • enhance, support and encourage educational partnerships with business and industry in creating global education and employment opportunities.

The inaugural Australia – United Kingdom Education Dialogue is planned to be held in London in November 2014. 

Further information is available in the Ministers’ joint statement.

Minister Pyne’s media release.

Multilateral Frameworks

Australia’s forums for multilateral engagement on education are the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Australia’s key education agenda in multilateral fora is to encourage the openness and transparency of education systems through, for example, improved qualifications recognition and credit transfer arrangements across the region. This creates regional mobility opportunities for students, academics and education providers.


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with International counsellors, agreements and multilateral frameworks.


  1. APEC Agenda 20 May 2014

    Created: 20 May 2014

    Agenda for APEC University Associations Cross-Border Education Cooperation Workshop

  2. APEC University Associations CBE Workshop Discussion Summary

    Created: 10 August 2015

    The Discussion Summary is a statement from the officials, representatives and experts from university associations, universities, and governments of 13 APEC economies (Australia...

  3. APEC University Associations CBE Workshop Report

    Created: 10 August 2015

    This report summarises discussions at the APEC University Associations Cross-Border Education Cooperation Workshop. The workshop was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 20...